The seeds for a surprising but enticing partnership were planted in 2013, when Goo Goo Dolls singer/guitarist/songwriter John Rzeznik was a featured guest on soul-pop icon Daryl Hall’s award-winning Internet series “Live from Daryl’s House.” The two musicians performed a stirring and soulful take on the Goos’ “Slide,” and though one might not have seen it coming, there was some genuine chemistry there.
Hall – half of the hit-making machine Hall & Oates – made his name bringing serious Philly soul chops to bear on 1970s and ’80s pop, in the process crafting one of the most successful songbooks in pop music history. Rzeznik comes from indie rock and punk, the sort of America-tinged garage rock perfected by the Replacements on albums like “Pleased To Meet Me” and “Don’t Tell A Soul,” though as his songwriting chops developed, he became one of the most successful proponents of the AAA (Adult Album Alternative) radio format, a next generation incarnation of Album-Oriented Rock. On the “Live from Daryl’s House” episode, Rzeznik’s earnest intensity met Hall’s old-school soul smarts on a compelling common ground.
Based on the success of this musical meeting of the minds, it’s a no-brainer that the two would take the act on the road. A pair of Hall/Rzeznik “Live from Daryl’s House” shows are planned for the area: 8 p.m. Friday at the Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Seneca Allegany Casino Events Center in Salamanca. The concerts provide Goos fans with a chance to welcome one of our own back home, and to catch two generations of smart pop songwriters doing what they do best.
Tickets are $55-$125 (box office, Ticketmaster.com).
– Jeff Miers